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December 7, 2012
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  • Survey foresees some hiring in 2013
    About half of recruiters surveyed said they expect to hire more workers in the first half of 2013 than they did in the second half of 2012, a Dice Holdings survey says. "If greater confidence returns, I firmly believe hiring managers and professionals will be emboldened to act more decisively," says Scot Melland, Dice's chairman and CEO. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • 5 tips for offering feedback that works
    To strike the right tone when providing feedback, try advice that will directly help the company and always find something positive to say, Maria Valdez Haubrich writes. When citing a poor performance, be sure to give "specifics as to what was done right or wrong and why this was helpful or hurtful," she writes. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Survey: Wellness programs offer proven ROI
    Eighty-seven percent of business leaders say they see the benefits of worksite-wellness programs, and about 70% say they believe that increased spending on such programs could reduce health care expenses, according to a project overseen by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota. Employers said the top employee health concerns are obesity, mental health and fitness. IndustryWeek (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • IBM to move to lump-sum 401(k) payments
    IBM will make lump-sum payments to employee 401(k) accounts beginning next year. The payouts will happen on the last day of the year, and employees who depart before Dec. 15 without retiring won't be eligible. Experts say the move could start a trend among larger employers. The Wall Street Journal (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Do you have a need to lead?
    The best leaders are those who have a real calling, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's not always comfortable to be the boss, but when your values and abilities coincide with opportunity, it's important to step up. "The calling sometimes whispers very softly, so you have to open your ears and heart to hear what it's asking of you," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Florida to hold real-life Whacking Day
    In "The Simpsons," townsfolk gather each year to whack snakes -- and now the state of Florida is to hold a real-life version of Whacking Day. Starting Jan. 12 and lasting for a month, the state will encourage people to hunt down and kill Burmese pythons, with cash prizes offered for the longest snake carcass and for the most snakes killed overall. "Part of the goal ... is to educate the public to understand why non-native species like Burmese pythons should never be released into the wild," says Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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